Archive for June 20, 2013

An Anniversary and a Forthcoming Title

March 2013 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Thomas Pynchon’s first novel V. In the interim Pynchon has published a corpus of work which make him arguably the greatest American novelist of this period. New York City serves as one of the locales for the novel. Pynchon, one of the world’s greatest recluses, reportedly lives in New York City. Penguin Press has recently announced the Pynchon will publish his next novel in September, 2013. It is titled Bleeding Edge and is eagerly anticipated.

The Bane of Paperwork

Ruben Tucker was born in Ansonia, CT on 29 January, 1911. He graduated from West Point with the class of 1935. He was known in his military career for his aversion to paperwork. He joined the 82nd Airborne and rose to command of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He won a bevy of medals for heroic service at Sicily, Anzio and Normandy. His commanding officer, Gen. James Gavin later said in a 1982 interview that “when Tucker left Italy, he had an orange crate full of official charges against his soldiers and he just threw the whole crate into the ocean.”